by First Congregational Church
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
November 28, 1971
7 pages
Contents:  I. CONDITIONS • II. AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA • III. BLACK RESISTANCE • IV. CHURCH RESPONSE • IV. WHAT CAN WE DO? WHAT WILL WE DO? • The report explains that the Task Force has focused on self-education, using a publication of the Council for Christian Social Action of the United Church of Christ, speakers, and experiences of five members of the group who have lived in Southern Africa. The report summarizes basic issues about South Africa, including apartheid, Africans, Bantu, the United Nations declaration of Human Rights, segregation, police, vote, a reference book or passbooks, arrests, per capita income, education, Dr. Verwoerd, American business firms, trade, investments, the police station at Sharpeville, the African National Congress (ANC), Chief Albert Luthuli, the Nobel Peace prize, Gulf Oil, and arms. It also discusses the role of churches, including the Christian Nationalist movement, Methodists, the United Presbyterian Church, the National Council of Churches, Nazi Germany, and banks, loans. Possible actions include sale of the church’s and individuals’ stock in IBM (International Business Machines), lobby legislators and the President on issues such as military aid to Portugal and South Africa, and support African liberation movements with money and material aid. [Note: the PDF includes a cover page of “LEARNING COMMUNITY TASK FORCE REPORTS” and the report by the Task Force on South Africa.]
Used by permission of William Minter and David Wiley, former members of First Congregatonal Church Southern African Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root